It'll be Smith's Ashes if Australia prevail, says Border

Ross Houston
September 10, 2019

Steve Smith was glad to have again made runs when needed them as Australia closed in on retaining the Ashes at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The bowlers who seem to have troubled Smith more than these seamers, are perhaps spinners Yasir Shah and Rangana Herath.

Steve Smith's batting performance in the ongoing Ashes series has been nothing less than spectacular.

It has been a brilliant return to Test cricket for Smith, following his high-profile sacking as captain and suspension following Australia's ball-tampering scandal a year ago.

"But there's still a lot of work to do if we want to become a great cricket side. the biggest goal in my career has been to win the Ashes away, we're 2-1 up and I want to go 3-1".

"We're sitting up there and we're going to have a couple of beers tonight and celebrate because the urn is coming home".

Australia coach Justin Langer said his Ashes-holders would now take heart from an incident in Ali's childhood.

In the three games Smith has played the total Australian runs scored is 1,858, which not only highlights his contribution to his team, but clearly also asks the question where would they be without him?

"He is just a genius and I never had any doubt he would come back and be the player he was". Good batsman don't get bowled out with stumps flying everywhere.

"We're 2-1 up and I want to go 3-1 up, and when we hold the urn up at The Oval it's going to be an fantastic feeling".

Fox Sports screamed "We urned it" in its main headline, while broadcaster Channel Nine said the "ghosts of Leeds" had been buried, referring to their agonising third Test loss at Headingley.

Smith was again outstanding at Old Trafford but England did not help themselves at times in the field and let Australia, with 497 for six declared, score too many in the first innings.

"We've talked, a few different things here and there", Smith said.

"After the sorrows and setbacks of the last 18 months, the country's cricket has something to celebrate at last", it added. At one stage Steve Smith was seen wearing and rubbing a pair of glasses before shadow batting left-handed in the middle of a team huddle.

"I couldn't be more proud of the way our group have handled everything thrown at them", he said.

"You've still got to perform, whether you're young or a veteran, but we also have to recognise they are young batsmen and it's a really tough school".

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